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How much medication should I give my child?

 

Below, you will find several tables that will help you determine how much of what medicine you should give your child.  Please read the table carefully before giving the medicine. If you have any questions, or are still unsure of the correct dosage, please call the office at 618-624-9970.  For a printable version of these tables, Click Here.

 

                     
   

Child’s Weight (pounds)

   

>6

>12 >18 >24

>36

>48 >60 >72
>96

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) pain and fever reducer for children

      2 months & older *

(6.5 mg/lb)

Total (mg)

40

80

120

160

240

325

400

480

650

Liquid tsp

160 mg per tsp

1

1

2

2

3

4

Chew tablet

80 mg each

1

1

1

3

4

5

6

8

Chew tablet

160 mg each

1

1

2

2

3

4

Adult tablet

325 mg each

1

1

2

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) pain and fever reducer for children

      6 months & older **

(4.5 mg/lb)

Total (mg)

25

50

75

100

150

200

250

300

400

Infant dropper

50 mg/ 1.25mL

0.625 mL

1.25 mL

1.875 mL

2.5 mL

3.75 mL

Liquid tsp

100 mg per tsp

1

1

2

2

3

4

Chew tablet

50 mg each

1

1

2

3

4

5

6

8

Jr. Strength

100 mg each

1

2

2

3

4

Adult tablet

200 mg each

1

1

2

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – antihistamine for children 

      6 months & older ***

(0.56 mg/lb)

Total (mg)

6.25

9.3

12.5

18.75

25

31.25

37.5

50

Liquid tsp

12.5 mg/tsp

1

1

2

2

3

4

Chew tablet

12.5mg each

1

1

2

2

3

4

Child tablet

25 mg each

1

1

2

Adult tablet

50 mg each

1

* The dose of acetaminophen is 5-6.5 mg/pound/dose (10-15 mg/kg/dose) every 4 hours (adults 650 mg) as needed for fever and pain.  Note: acetaminophen also comes as 120, 325, and 650 mg suppositories (same dosage).  Do not give to children younger than 2 months of age (Reason: fever during the first 2 months of life needs to be documented in a medical stetting and, if present, the infant needs a complete evaluation).

** The dosage of ibuprofen is 3-4.5 mg/pound/dose (5-10 mg/kg/dose) every 6 hours (adults 400 mg) as needed for fever and pain.  Do not give to children younger than 6 months. (Reason: safety not established and not approved by US food and Drug Administration.)

*** The dosage of diphenhydramine is 0.56 mg/pound/dose every 6 hours (5 mg/kg/day, adults 50 mg) as needed for runny nose or allergic reaction.  Do not give to children younger than 6 months. (Reason: safety not established and not approved by US food and Drug Administration.)

 

 

Delsym – cough suppressant for children 12 months & older

AGE (YEAR)

DOSE

1 teaspoon = 5mL

Total Daily Volume

Under 1 year

Not recommended

Not recommended

1 to Under 2

teaspoon

Every 12 Hours

Not to Exceed teaspoon

Every 24 Hours

2 to Under 6

teaspoon

Every 12 Hours

Not to Exceed 1 teaspoon

Every 24 Hours

6 to Under 12

1 teaspoon

Every 12 Hours

Not to Exceed 2 teaspoons

Every 24 Hours

12 and Older

2 teaspoons

Every 12 Hours

Not to Exceed 4 teaspoons

Every 24 Hours

 

  Loratadine (Claritin) – long acting antihistamine for children

         12 months & older

       (Give one dose per 24 hours)

AGE (YEAR)

Liquid (1 teaspoon = 5 mL = 5 mg)

10 mg tabs

Under 2 Years

Not recommended

Not recommended

2 to Under 6

1 teaspoon

tablet

6 and Older

2 teaspoons

1 tablet

 

Certirizine (Zyrtec) – long acting antihistamine for children

         6 months & older

       (Give one dose per 24 hours)

AGE

5 mg tabs or Liquid (1 teaspoon = 5 mL = 5 mg)

10 mg tabs

Under 6 mo

Not recommended

Not recommended

6 mo to < 2 yrs

tablet or teaspoon

Not recommended

2 to 5 yrs

- 1 tablet or teaspoon

tablet

6 yrs and Older

1 - 2 tablets or teaspoons

- 1 tablet

 

 

 

The medication tables above are intended for healthy children, only. Those with kidney or liver impairment should consult their doctor.

 

 

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